Random Writing Quote:

A man who is not born with the novel-writing gift has a troublesome time of it when he tries to build a novel. I know this from experience. He has no clear idea of his story; in fact he has no story. He merely has some people in his mind, and an incident or two, also a locality, and he trusts he can plunge those people into those incidents with interesting results. So he goes to work. To write a novel? No--that is a thought which comes later; in the beginning he is only proposing to tell a little tale, a very little tale, a six-page tale. But as it is a tale which he is not acquainted with, and can only find out what it is by listening as it goes along telling itself, it is more than apt to go on and on and on till it spreads itself into a book. I know about this, because it has happened to me so many times.

--Mark Twain

Christopher Noxon

Speaker: Christopher Noxon

Date: February 20, 2016

"When Fiction is Stranger than Truth, and other Literary Challenges"

Christopher Noxon is an author, journalist and illustrator. His novel PLUS ONE, about a midlevel marketing executive who quits his job to be a full-time househusband and support player to his TV writer wife, was published this year by Prospect Park. It received rave reviews from novelists Jennifer Weiner, Tom Perrotta, Jonathan Tropper and "Mad Men" creator Matt Weiner. The New York Times Book Review said "Noxon reveals the inner workings of the Plus One with wit, warmth and candor." 

His first book, REJUVENILE: KICKBALL, CARTOONS, AND THE REINVENTION OF THE AMERICAN GROWN UP, was published by Crown/Random House and was featured in the Wall Street Journal, USA Today and "The Colbert Report." As a journalist, he has written for the New Yorker, Details, Salon and the New York Times Magazine. His illustrations have been featured on the websites Modern Loss, the Undo List and the book UNSCROLLED. He lives in LA with his wife, television producer Jenji Kohan, and their three children.

When Fiction is Stranger than Truth and other Literary Challenges. Christopher shares the potholes and loopholes of writing fiction very loosely based on real life and insights into his life and writing career!


Upcoming speaker for March 19, 2016:

Brenna Aubrey

Speaker: Brenna Aubrey

"High Concept Hooks: Twisting the Tropes in Genre Fiction to Create Memorable, Unique Stories"

Brenna Aubrey is a USA TODAY Bestselling Author of contemporary romance stories that center on geek culture. She is the author of the bestselling romance series, Gaming The System.

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